San Jose announces Vision Zero program

San Jose announces Vision Zero program

Last Monday, May 4, the City of San José announced it is refocusing its annual traffic safety report and moving forward with a Vision Zero plan (PDF). The plan, signed on to by Department of Transportation Director Hans Larsen, Chief of Police Larry Esquivel, and Mayor Sam Liccardo, outlines current efforts to improve engineering, education, enforcement, and outreach, and adds an emphasis on technology, policy, and partnerships. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition was specifically called out in the Partnerships section, along with other community-based groups and agency partners that promote safety as a goal. We have also been asked to partner with California Walks to co-chair a task force, led by Vice Mayor Rose Herrera, that will conduct community outreach meetings and strategy sessions in San José neighborhoods that have been most affected by traffic violence. The announcement of a Vision Zero goal was big news – roadway deaths now significantly outnumber homicides in San José. We’re excited to tackle this problem alongside our partners at California Walks, with support from city agencies, our elected leaders, and the police department. San José has done a great job at improving its built environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Now its time to identify the biggest threats to safety and begin eliminating them so that people feel more confident choosing to travel by foot or by...
A First-Time Bike to Work Rider’s Experience + Resources

A First-Time Bike to Work Rider’s Experience + Resources

A new SVBC employee and bike rider; Stevens Creek Trail; a King along Monterey Road (photo credit: Lost San Jose) Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and National Bike Month have transformed me from a reluctant, nervous rider of bikes in urban streets to a bike lover, rider, and advocate. I am proud to have recently joined the staff here at SVBC, and ironically, am also eager to learn more about bicycling. Yes, I owned a bike for years, a nice vintage Schwinn cruiser, but I only used it in rare occasions. I was afraid of riding out on the streets and getting hit, that I’d get a flat tire and not know what to do, or was nervous I wouldn’t know the rules of the road and get laughed at by other bicyclists. Would I sweat in my work clothes and smell all day? I wasn’t the only one; many people feel the same way. Only 7% of the population rides their bike more than once a month. In just four weeks, I have had a total transformation. The first day going to work, yeesh was it both terrifying and thrilling! Riding along a buffered bike lane along Monterey Road in San Jose, I still felt like I’d get clipped from a car’s side window, but with every quarter-mile I rode the less I worried about it. Riding along Third Street, a street that is without a bike lane for what seemed like miles, was tough the first day, and still is. I can see how many potential riders get discouraged the minute they encounter a street without bike lanes....
State legislation update

State legislation update

Last week was California Bike Advocacy Day and I joined advocates from around the state to meet with your state assemblymembers and senators in Sacramento. We started the trip by getting briefed by California Bicycle Coalition on the important asks: Increase the Active Transportation Program by $100 million: Last year was the first year California combined several funding programs to create the Active Transportation Program (ATP) for biking and walking projects. The state received over 800 applications and was able to fund fewer than 200. The current budget of $120 million isn’t sufficient to meet the demand cities have for biking and walking projects. Assembly Bill 902, Bicycle Diversion Programs: This bill will enable bicyclists ticketed for moving violations to participate in free bicycle education classes and have their fines reduced. This is a priority of the Roadway Safety Solutions Team. Assembly Bill 40, Prohibit Bridge Tolling of Bicyclists and Pedestrians: This bill prohibits tolls for walking and bicycling on state-owned bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge, in order to not deter people from taking trips by bike or foot. Assembly Bill 1096, Electric Bicycle Classification: This bill would clarify the definition of electric bicycles (e-bikes) and make bicycling accessible to more people. I was able to meet with staff for the following legislators, most of whom were strongly in support of the proposed bills. A big thanks to their offices for taking the time to meet with us: Senator Jerry Hill Senator Bob Wiecowski Assemblymember Kevin Mullin Assemblymember Kansen Chu Assemblymember Evan Low Assemblymember Nora Campos CalBike also hosted an e-bike demo where I had the chance to...
Corinne Winter honored with City of San Jose commendation

Corinne Winter honored with City of San Jose commendation

On Tuesday April 14 our Executive Director, Corinne Winter, was honored with a commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo and the City of San José. The Mayor spoke about the amazing growth in both bicycling in San José and SVBC as an organization over the past decade, and wished her well in her next adventures. We were all honored to have our fearless leader and our organization recognized. Many thanks to the Mayor, the City Council, and all the staff at the City of San José who have been our determined, hardworking partners in making the city a MUCH more bike-friendly place! Last night, we presented a commendation to Corrine Winter for her years of excellent service as the ED of @bikesv. http://t.co/n3l44t7rpK — Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) April 15,...

Get a job: Cupertino Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Cupertino’s first Safe Routes to School Coordinator will help launch the City’s first Safe Routes to School Task Force Pilot Program in partnership with local School Districts and relevant stakeholders. This effort will formally ally the School Districts with the City and relevant stakeholders to educate school site administrators, parents, and students about pedestrian and bicycle safety; build multigenerational pedestrian and cyclist awareness; and mitigate traffic concerns by promoting a comprehensive, proactive behavior and infrastructure-based approach to securing safety along school routes and within school sites. This position requires an energetic self-starter with excellent communication, diplomacy and leadership skills, and determination to make the City of Cupertino a safer place to bike and walk for students and adults alike. This is a part-time temporary non-benefitted position limited to no more than 995 hours per fiscal year. Get all the info at...
Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a five-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? Did you know that they also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? In the next few months, SVBC will be the primary beneficiary of the Nickels for Nonprofits Program in Cupertino. Just bring in your own bags when you shop and let them know you would like to donate the five cents back to...